Ferrari to benefit from new Pirelli tyres, says F1 Chief

24th November 2011

The Ferrari racing team could benefit most from the new tyres set to be debuted at the Brazilian Grand Prix, according to Pirelli's Formula One chief Paul Hembery.

Ferrari struggled using the harder compounds adopted in the current season with drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa someway off the Championship pace in third and sixth respectively.

That could be set to change though, with Mr Hembery pointing to the softer compounds set to be introduced in the new Pirelli tyres.

Speaking to La Gazetta dello Sport, Mr Hembery said: “The principle is that the current medium will be next year’s hard, so the compounds are (all) softer."

The new tyres are set to make their debut at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paolo, the final race of the 2010/2011 season.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa will be keen to impress with the new softer compounds at his home track of Interlagos, particularly after enduring a difficult season.

Earlier this week Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo warned Massa that he must improve next season if he wants to stay with Ferrari.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's race, Massa said: "This is not the only moment that I have to do a good job to renew. Other times it has happened. I need a good year to continue."

The Brazilian will be hoping for a positive outcome this weekend.

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Posted by Danielle Barge